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New French Shorts 2016

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

“New French Shorts 2016,” a sampler of new Gallic cinema presented by IFC Center and UniFrance films, is screened Wednesday, January 27 at 8:00pm. Now in its fourth year, this edition of the showcase boasts a selection of comedy, drama and animation, including films from Cannes, Venice and Sundance, the winner of the Best International Short at the Toronto International Film Festival and a current Academy Award nominee. The program also highlights the international diversity of contemporary French cinema, spotlighting co-productions with Turkey and Israel and films shot in Italian, Turkish, Hebrew, English, Arabic and other languages (all films are screened with English subtitles).

The complete lineup runs 99 minutes and includes:

E.T.E.R.N.I.T. (dir. Giovanni Aloi, 14 min.) Official selection: Venice Film Festival. A Tunisian immigrant working in Italy finally receives the visas that will allow his family to join him, but faces a difficult choice.

TUESDAY (Sali, dir. Zaya Demirel, 12 min.) Official selection: Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival. On an ordinary day, a teenage girl in Istanbul has memorable encounters with three different men as she goes to school, plays basketball and takes a bus home.

MOTHER(S) (Maman(s), dir. Maïmouna Doucouré, 21 min.) Winner: Best International Short, Toronto International Film Festival; Official selection: Sundance Film Festival. An Eight-year old’s family is thrown into chaos when her father returns from Senegal with a young woman he introduces as his second wife.

MONSTERS TURN INTO LOVERS (Jeunesse des loups garous, dir. Yann Delattre, 23 min.) Official selection: Critics Week, Cannes Film Festival. Julie is trudging through life with a disappointing job and a terrible boyfriend. But Sébastien is determined to change her fate.

AVE MARIA (dir. Basil Khalil, 15 min.) Academy Award Nominee, Best Live-Action Short Film; Official selection: Cannes Film Festival. In the West Bank, five nuns have their vows of silence disturbed when an Israeli family’s car breaks down right outside their convent.

SUNDAY LUNCH (animated, dir. Céline Devaux, 14 min.) Official selection: Cannes Film Festival. Like every Sunday, Jean goes to his parents’ for lunch for another round of pointless questions and bad advice.

Branagh Theatre Live: The Winter’s Tale

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live promises an exceptional series of plays broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the course of a year.

The season begins with The Winter’s Tale. Shakespeare’s timeless tragicomedy of obsession and redemption is reimagined in a new production co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, following their triumphant staging of Macbeth in Manchester and Manhattan.

King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences…

The Winter’s Tale stars a remarkable group of actors, featuring Judi Dench as Paulina, alongside Tom Bateman (Florizel), Jessie Buckley (Perdita), Hadley Fraser (Polixenes), Miranda Raison (Hermione) and Kenneth Branagh as Leontes.

Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Author Juan Gabriel Vásquez in person for a post-film discussion!

How did a boy from a tiny town on the Caribbean coast become a writer who won the hearts of millions? How did he change our perception of reality with his work? The answers lie in the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez, the 1982 Nobel Prize winner in Literature. A law-school dropout and political journalist who grew up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia, Gabriel García Márquez became the writer of globally celebrated, critically-acclaimed books including Love in the Time of Cholera and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Known as “Gabo” to all of Latin America, Gabriel García Márquez’s sensual, “magical” sensibility leds him to the forefront of the political struggles of the 1970s and 1980s—including a pivotal and previously unknown role in negotiations between Cuban leader Fidel Castro and American President Bill Clinton—and into the hearts of readers across the world.

In addition to Clinton himself, the documentary GABO: THE CREATION OF GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ includes former Colombian president César Gaviria along with writers Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza; journalists Enrique Santos, María Jimena Duzán and Xavi Ayén; New Yorker correspondent and author Jon Lee Anderson; biographer Gerald Martin; literary agent Carmen Balcells; and siblings Aída and Jaime García Márquez in its thoughtful and personal study of the writer’s life and legacy.

Wim Wenders: Driven by Music

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Conversation with Wim Wenders!

You can’t think of a Wenders’ film without a jukebox, a record player or a car radio serving the soundtrack for the pictures in motion. Over the years and throughout the films, Wenders assembled a wide variety of musical styles, with traditional and contemporary music, sometimes introducing new voices that later became famous bands. Wim Wenders will take us on a journey through his personal history of music and film.

Part of the retrospective “Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road”

Liquid Space: A Conversation on 3D

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Conversation with Wim Wenders!

Wim Wenders will discuss the thrilling new possibilities of 3D cinema and how the technology has driven his aesthetic through his recent features, PINA and EVERY THING WILL BE FINE (of which there will be a sneak preview of an excerpt during the talk), as well as his short about the Berliner Philharmonie concert hall from the CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE omnibus, which will screen as part of the program.

Part of the retrospective “Wim Wenders: Portraits Along the Road”

SundanceNow Doc Club presents: Joyce at 34

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Thu Jul 23 at 5:00pm — Q&A with director Joyce Chopra, moderated by DOC NYC’s Raphaela Neihausen! Digital projection

Joyce Chopra – director of Sundance Award-winning film SMOOTH TALK – filmed JOYCE AT 34 at a pivotal time during the feminist movement when women were creating new opportunities to be both professionals and parents, and men were expected to take a greater role in parenting. Over 40 years later, the pressures to balance work and family remain as strong as ever. The film has a long history as a conversation starter, but for years it has fallen out of general circulation, unavailable on home video or digital platforms, until now. Presented by SundanceNow Doc Club.

This event is free and open to the public, but requires an RSVP. Click here to RSVP

Movie Night with Takashi Murakami: THIEF

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Post-film discussion with Takashi Murakami, moderated by Peter Becker, President of The Criterion Collection/Janus Films!

Murakami’s JELLYFISH EYES opens Wed Jul 15!

DCP projection “A silently professional night-time jewel robbery, reduced to near-abstract essentials and paced by a Tangerine Dream score, sets the electric tone for Mann’s fine follow-up to The Jericho Mile: a philosophical thriller filled with modernist cool. Caan’s the thief, contradictorily building and risking a future mapped out as meticulously as any of his lucrative hi-tech jobs; testing his emotional and criminal independence to the limits; eventually recognising that he’s either exercising or exorcising a death wish.” – Time Out (London)

In the ongoing “Movie Night” program, IFC Center invites special guests to present a screening and acknowledge the brilliance of a timeless classic, spotlight an unsung gem, or defend a guilty pleasure. Past guests include filmmakers Paul Schrader, Miranda July, David Gordon Green, Terry Gilliam, Baz Luhrmann, Gaspar Noe, John Cameron Mitchell, James Toback, Guy Maddin, Paul Verhoeven, Frederick Wiseman, Catherine Breillat and Michel Gondry; Slovenian theorist and philosopher Slavoj Zizek; playwright Annie Baker; musician-actor Will Oldham; author Jonathan Lethem; actress and filmmaker Isabella Rossellini; actor Nick Offerman; comedian and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Fred Armisen; and members of the band Interpol.

Shake the Dust

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Presented by Blue Note Jazz Festival, Jill Newman Productions & Bond/360

From executive producer and rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and journalist-turned-filmmaker Adam Sjöberg, SHAKE THE DUST chronicles the influence of breakdancing, exploring how it strikes a resonant chord in the slums, favelas and ghettos of the world and far beyond. Showcasing some of the most jaw-dropping breakdancing moves ever committed to film, Shake the Dust is an inspiring tribute to the uplifting power of music and movement.

The 78 Project Movie

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Post-film discussion with producer Lavinia Jones Wright & director Alex Steyermark! Following the screening, special guest musician Craig Finn of The Hold Steady will cut a 78rpm record live with The 78 Project creators.

The 78 Project is on a journey across America to make one-of-a-kind 78rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. With one blank disc. In one 3-minute take. Along the way, a kaleidoscope of technologists, historians and craftsmen from every facet of field recording – Grammy-winning producers, 78 collectors, curators from the Library of Congress and Smithsonian – provide insights and history. In Tennessee, Mississippi, California, Louisiana, the folk singers, punk rockers, Gospel and Cajun singers in the film share their lives through intimate performances, and find in that adventure a new connection to our cultural legacy.

Featuring musical performances by: The Reverend John Wilkins (Como, MS), Louis Michot, Corey Ledet & Ashlee Michot (Arnaudville, LA), Victoria Williams (Los Angeles, CA), John Doe (Fairfax, CA), Dawn Landes (Brooklyn, NY), Holly Williams w/ Chris Coleman (Nashville, TN), John Reilly & Tom Brosseau (Pasadena, CA), Gaby Moreno & Adam Levy (Los Angeles, CA), Jaron Lanier (Berkeley, CA), Ella Mae Bowen (Franklin, TN), Dylan LeBlanc (Franklin, TN), Coati Mundi (Murrieta, CA), The Bo-Keys w/ Percy Wiggins (Memphis, TN), John Paul Keith (Memphis, TN), Ben Vaughn (Wonder Valley, CA), Sea of Bees (Sacramento, CA), The Easy Leaves (Santa Rosa, CA) and Little Wings (Topanga Canyon, CA)

An Evening with Big Noble

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Interpol’s Daniel Kessler and sound designer Joseph Fraioli in person for a post-film discussion with special guest moderator, Saturday Night Live head writer and cast member Colin Jost!

Big Noble combines environmental sounds with Kessler’s distinctive guitar to create emotional sonic landscapes. Their debut album, First Light, was released earlier this year. Of it, the New York Times said, “As Big Noble, the duo blends Fraioli’s electronic orchestrations and field recordings with Kessler’s unmistakable guitar tones to create instrumentals that are both majestic and intimate.” Consequence Of Sound said, “It packs in loads of emotional resonance despite its short runtime. There are post-rock guitars, ambient strings, and gently repeating chords that build up to satisfying crescendoes… it would make a fantastic film score.”

Befitting the album’s cinematic quality, Kessler and Fraioli commissioned short films from artist friends and colleagues for each track on the album, to reinforce the project’s integration of sound and place. Each film is as different as the directors they enlisted, but taken together, they work both as a unified compilation of innovative short films, and a hypnotic visual representation of the album. The artists include Sam Cole, Daniel Ryan, Andrew Robertson, Travis Robb, Ben Hughes, TWiN, and TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe.

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